Mariners To Sign Christopher Torres

The Mariners have agreed to sign Dominican shortstop prospect Christopher Torres with a $375K bonus, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports (Twitter links). Torres was rated the 18th-best overall international prospect available on this year’s July 2 market by MLB.com.

While Torres’s bonus is nothing to sneeze at, it falls well shy of the $2.1MM that he was reportedly promised by the Yankees before the club backed out of its commitment. New York is said to have been hit with a $20K fine over the situation.

As Ben Badler of Baseball America explained in reporting the dispute, Torres was left in a particularly difficult spot since other clubs had already promised their international pool space to other players. Torres’s trainer also told Badler that the player had previously been offered $1.6MM by Seattle before reaching terms with the Yankees. You’ll want to give Badler’s entire piece a read to understand the ordeal.

According to MLB.com, Torres brings a switch-hitting bat whose hit tool is better from the left side but delivers more power from the right. Defense and speed are his calling cards at present, though he has a large enough frame that he has some projection at the plate.


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5 Comments on "Mariners To Sign Christopher Torres"


harmony55
1 year 2 days ago

It’s worth noting that Christopher Torres reportedly is 16 years old.

Melvin Mendoza, Jr.
1 year 2 days ago

Not all that uncommon for them to get their feet wet with an MLB team with the first time at that age. Although, that is a pretty huge signing bonus for one.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 2 days ago

He will love the Mariner Moose!

Ivan
1 year 2 days ago

dang. for $375k I wish the fish would have signed him. I’m pretty sure they have some money left over

tune-in for baseball
1 year 2 days ago

I don’t know the legal protocol with International signings. Is a 20K fine evidence of Yankee wrongdoing or just a MLB PR slap on the wrist.